Billions of dollars in funding are going to be provided to rural hospitals to help them get over the effects of COVID-19.
The pandemic has had a huge effect on everyone, but rural hospitals have suffered and the White House is keen to ensure these hospitals are financially stable and therefore able to keep supporting rural communities.
As we have seen in all industries during COVID, staffing is a very real problem, and something this funding should help with. It is also reported that Health and Human Services will also allocate $52 million from President Joe Biden's stimulus package that was signed into law earlier this year for training new rural healthcare workers to help combat similar issues in the future.
Expanding access to telehealth services in rural communities will also help.
The Biden administration said it would provide $500 million in funding from the American Rescue Act to create the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program. The program will provide $350 million to help rural hospitals and increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing, medical supplies, telehealth and support construction or renovation of rural healthcare facilities. Another $125 million will help improve the long-term viability of rural healthcare providers, according to a news release. Separately, HHS said it will allocate $8.5 billion in funding to providers serving rural Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan patients for lost revenue and increased expenses associated with COVID-19. It expects to release a plan for allocation in the coming weeks.